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I Did It!!

On Wednesday, I presented a Parent Enrichment “class” about Fishful Thinking to Burke and Maggie’s preschool. There were about 30 people there…probably about 1/2 parents and 1/2 teachers. The teachers received credit toward their teaching certification for attending. (How cool is that?? 🙂 )

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Now, if you know me at all, you know that I’m SO NOT a public speaker. In high school, I was always the stage manager … never on stage. So this is actually a huge deal for me. It’s not something that I’d like to do all the time – but it was a great bunch, and I actually had a lot of fun!

Before going in, I kept telling myself that the message is so great … even if I completely mess things up and all they get out of it is “Fishful Thinking is a great tool to help you raise optimistic kids…go see the website,” I’ve done my job. LOL!

I prepared a folder with a CD pocket in the front. In the CD pocket, I placed the FT brochure and the cute little booklet. I put 6 articles I printed out (double-sided – save a tree!) in the big pocket: 1 for each of the 5 ingredients and an extra one that just resonated with me. I had business cards printed out and used double-sided tape to attach it to the front of the folder. And I had some left-over pens from the summer’s kit to attach to the side. And, of course, I had Goldfish to hand out as well. 🙂

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Once there, I introduced myself, gave a little bit of background about me, Pepperidge Farm, Dr. Reivich, and Fishful Thinking. Then I went into my schpeal.

For each of the 5 ingredients, I explained what they were and then broke the crowd up into smaller groups of 4 or 5. I handed out the questions that came with the Ambassador kit and got the groups really thinking about things for about 5 minutes or so…and then brought them back together and asked a group or two to share what they came up with. It was neat to overhear the discussions – these questions really got everyone thinking! We chatted a little bit more about the ingredient and I’d give a fact or two that I found on the Fishful Thinking website.

I then introduced a “kid” activity that went along with the ingredient. I had done a few of them with my kids, so I brought along “samples.” (The treasures box went over REALLY well – especially since it can be used in families with kids of all ages).

At the end I told them about my absolute favorite thing that’s come out of Fishful Thinking so far: The Shake Off the Frustrations Dance 🙂 And then answered questions.

I presented a sign-up sheet for a Yahoo Group I created for anyone interested in knowing when a new article or activity is introduced…and the night was done!

I had a few people come up and just gush about how great the program sounds and how they can’t wait to hear more. One of my kids’ teachers came up and mentioned that they were thinking about how they do things, and were really happy to know that they DO do things that were mentioned when I was talking (for example, setting small – attainable – goals that kids can master like picking up all of the green blocks).

All-in-all, it was a really great experience.

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6 Responses

  1. Congratulations! I know you did an awesome job!

  2. That is so great! I’m glad it went so well and you had such an awesome turnout! Well done.

  3. Congratulations on a successful workshop.

  4. Congratulations! Have your knees stopped knocking together? From all you have said,it sounds like such a great program — I think that makes it a little easier to get up and talk. Are you gearing up to do another presentation now or are you just glad it’s over?

  5. You are awesome! Well done putting so much effort into this! Sounds like it paid off and you were a sucess! Congratulations!

  6. Proud of you girl.

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